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SEBASTIAN’S READING SQUAD

Sebastian’s Reading Squad, presented by the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, encourages elementary school children to proactively read. 

WELCOME TO SEBASTIAN’S READING SQUAD

I’m excited to have you be part of this great group for the year. Reading is fundamental to learning and development, and through the reading squad we aim to make reading fun. We have a series of events throughout the year, a monthly reading squad update, and recommended reading from your favorite bird… me! Follow the steps below to join my awesome reading squad.

Sebastian T. Ibis

STEP 1: REGISTER

STEP 1

Register for Sebastian’s Reading Squad  

If you are a teacher registering a classroom click here to learn more about our Classroom Challenge

STEP 2: DOWNLOAD READING LOG

STEP 2

Download Reading Log 

Download Reading Log

STEP 3: READ

STEP 3

Start reading 

For ideas on what to read, check out Sebastian’s Top Reads List which updates quarterly!

STEP 4: UPLOAD READING LOG

STEP 4

Upload Your Completed Reading Log 

Once you’ve completed your 120 minutes of reading please upload your form here. After the reading period closes you will receive an exclusive e-mail with an invitation to exclusive events!

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.

CLASSROOM CHALLENGE

This is an opportunity for your classroom to compete in a yearlong reading challenge against other local classrooms. The classroom that records the most books at the end of the year wins a visit from Sebastian to their classroom!

  • Register as a class in the form above
  • Log your reading hours as a group
  • Class that records the most reading hours for the year gets a special visit and prize from Sebastian
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SEBASTIAN'S TOP READS

Check out Sebastian’s quarterly list of his favorite book recommendations!

Puzzlooies! Space Cats to the Rescue

Age Range: K-2

“ I love this book because it makes me feel like I’m part of the story! Although I would prefer birds it seems a team of 4 cats are the only hope to save earth. But to get through the book you have to solve various puzzles! Not only is it a great story of some brave cats, but as a reader I can help solve the problems. Top notch interaction and 5 out of 5 stars on my list!”

Cookie and Broccoli; Ready For School!

Age Range: Grades K-2

“This is a favorite of mine as we get ready to go back to school. It creates that excitement for a new year, and features a healthy vegetable that helps us grow, and a fantastic snack we all love in cookies! These 2 are great friends, like The Miami Maniac and me, that help one another on the first day back to school. Another 5 out of 5 stars!”

Good Dogs on a Bad Day

Age Range: Grades K-2

“This one is great cause who doesn’t love our furry four-legged friends? All these dogs have great personalities, and get into some friendly mischief at doggy day care. I know as a young bird, when mom and dad were away, I liked to play! Check this one out for some good laughs with a hilarious group of canines! A 4 out of 5 on the Seb reading meter!”

Marcus Makes a Movie

Age Range: Grades 3-5

“This was created by world famous actor Kevin Hart, and features Marcus, who wants to take his super hero drawings and turn them into motion pictures. As bird who loves entertainment and storytelling this book stuck out to me. No one likes to be on the screen as the center of attention more than this Ibis (as you know from my football game spell-outs!” Marcus is a great inspiration to you aspiring storytellers and a must read! This gets the Sebastian stamp of approval!”

Girl Stuff

Age Range: Grades 3-5

“This last book was given to me with a little help from my lovely Gertrude. She is an avid reader, and is always pointing out great reads to me. She is the true literary critic in the family! Girl Stuff is a great read about 3 BFF’s and how they navigate the daily ups and downs of middle school life. I remember my middle school days as a younger bird; always worrying about being popular, my crush on Gertrude, and of course my academics. This is a feel good story all middle schoolers can relate to currently. Check it out as I give it 4 out of 5 stars!”

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll in the program?

Participation is easy.  

  1. Submit your information in the form above 
  2. Download the Reading Log
  3. Track your Reading  
  4. Check back in a few weeks and upload your completed reading log  
What are the reading seasons?
  • Fall: October 6 – December 1 
  • WinterJanuary 4 – February 28
  • Spring: March 8 – April 30 
How are reading hours tracked?

Reading hours are independently tracked by students, with teacher or guardian supervision, on the downloadable reading logThe reading log will be updated each reading season. 

How do I submit my reading log?

Upload your reading log here:

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
I am a teacher; can my entire classroom participate?

Yes, your entire classroom can participate. You can individually assign students reading logs or you can keep track of your reading as a classroom.  

How does the program incentive work?

After uploading the completed Reading Log, the parent/guardian/teacher will receive an exclusive invitation to our online celebration.  

 

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